Living in a small property can be stressful, especially if you have children or pets, and for many homeowners, a costly extension or moving to a new home is simply out of the question financially. Instead, they simply want to learn about the best way to make subtle changes that will give an impression of more space, without draining their savings in the process. Similarly, householders who are planning to sell their small home may be keen to consider ways of making their property seem larger in order to improve its marketability to buyers, but don’t necessarily want to spend large sums of money making costly alterations.
If you’re in search of some inspiration for some low-cost changes to make your home swell with space, the following tips could be exactly what you’re looking for.
Uncover the floor
Repositioning your furniture will cost you nothing but could create an illusion of spaciousness, especially if you can maximise the visible floor space. Any furniture that covers the central section of the floor, such as a low coffee table, will only emphasise that a small room is, well, small! Moving all furniture to the perimeter will open up the floor, immediately creating an illusion of space, especially if you avoid obstructing the opposite wall with furniture so that the eye is drawn to the length of the room. Simply, the more a floor can be seen, the larger the room will appear.
Install mirrored surfaces
A common trick used in show homes is using large mirrors or mirrored furniture to create an impression of extra space in a room. In a lounge or dining room, you might opt for a large wall-mounted mirror in keeping with the style of the décor while, in a bedroom, mirrored wardrobes could be used in place of your existing furniture (as long as you can stand the sight of yourself first thing in the morning). Replacing furniture needn’t come with a high price; instead, try online auction sites, local charity shops or newspaper free-ads for cheap alternatives.
Let there be light!
All rooms appear to be larger if there is plentiful light entering the room, preferably if it is natural. You can increase the amount of daylight in any room by opening up the curtains as far as possible and removing blinds, net curtains and large house plants from in front of the glass.
If the problem is the lack of natural light in a small room, perhaps due to a small window or a poor outlook, increase the number of artificial lights, for example by adding extra lamps or using uplighters to reflect the light off the ceiling. Halogen spotlights are excellent for producing distinctive light and, while higher wattage conventional lightbulbs are now hard to come by in shops in the UK, they can easily be purchased online from reputable sellers abroad.
Choose your colour scheme carefully
Light décor makes most rooms feel larger, so avoid painting or wallpapering walls in dull shades such as grey, beige or brown. White, magnolia and pastel colours are good alternative choices and are even more effective if you can match upholstery and curtains closely. You can add a splash of colour by using contrasting shades of cushions, for example, as well as artificial flowers and wall art.
Ditch the clutter
Piles of clutter will always make a room seem smaller than it really is, so clear away children’s toys, books, CDs and magazines from surfaces and store them in inexpensive baskets or boxes elsewhere. Furniture that is for show, rather than serving a useful purpose (such as nests of tables), should be removed if possible. The minimalist look may not be to everyone’s taste, but it can really make the difference in terms of altering how spacious a room looks.
Creating an appearance of space in any room needn’t cost the earth, as these simple tricks demonstrate. If you’re planning to sell your home, trying to imagine your property from the point of view of a potential buyer will also help you to make the small changes that you need to give your house a more spacious appearance.